What's blooming in Urbana.

James Frelichowski butterflyamaryllis@yahoo.com
Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:47:32 PDT
I used to live in C-U for about 8 years.
How are things up there.  I know the weather is better in Texas (hee hee), but I missed the mild summers and great fall color (and the Illini actually winning a game).
I had many Hippeastrums in a greenhouse while I was in grad school so that's how I hooked up with the IBS and worked my first job in CA and met some people with the PBS.
Now i work with cotton for the USDA in College Station, TX.
Take care and bundle up for the long winter.

--- On Mon, 10/26/09, gentian21 <gentian21@comcast.net> wrote:

From: gentian21 <gentian21@comcast.net>
Subject: [pbs] What's blooming in Urbana.
To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
Date: Monday, October 26, 2009, 10:43 PM

I have my last spike of Rhodophiala blooming.  That has given me almost continuous bloom from last week of August until now.  Not very many since I have only had them for 3-4 years.  Planted in 4 locations and in pots.  They have been reliably evergreen here.  Lots of crocus specious and some c. nudiflorus. I was surprised to see a Cyclamen purpurescens reblooming.  It is by far the best performer here in spite of the soil being continuousy wet all summer except for totally dry in September.  They always seem to bloom in the hottest period of July.  A kahlii ginger still in bloom.  Some daphnes reblooming.  I am already looking forward to the Corydalis bulbosa next spring.  Last year I tucked one in the crack in the driveway and it did great so this summer i filled the entire row with them.  Just the kind of place they like.  Now that I have a car in addition to a truch I will have to park the truck somewhere else for a month.  I am hoping
 to have luck with Tropaelum tricolor
  and Boomeria hirtella in the greenhouse.

Frank Cooper
East central Illinois
zone 5b


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